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U.S. Government - Vocabulary Match

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PDF | 8 pages | Grades: 1 - 3

Build vocabulary of government concepts with a U.S. government vocabulary matching activity.

Branches of Government Vocabulary Match

This is a fun and engaging way for students to review and retain key vocabulary words related to government concepts. The American Government Vocabulary Match Activity includes 18 word cards, 18 definition cards, and an answer key. 

Government terms included in this set are:

  •  mayor
  • vote
  • president 
  • leader 
  • governor 
  • equality 
  • obey
  • jury 
  • congress
  • city council 
  • judge
  • ballot
  • citizen 
  • law
  • legislature 
  • election 
  • bill 
  • capital 

Students use the activity as a memory game or partner game to match government vocabulary terms with their definitions. This activity also works great as a rapid review, vocabulary center, or test prep opportunity.

Through this activity, students will show mastery of the vocabulary of government terms.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Social Studies lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this Government game to enhance learning through guided reading or writing groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

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Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 


This resource was created by Lindsey, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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